Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

March 29, 2019

Sport sturgeon retention allowed in the Columbia River estuary downstream from Wauna powerlines

Action: Allows a limited white sturgeon retention fishery in the estuary. White sturgeon from 44-inches minimum to 50-inches maximum fork length may be retained.

Effective dates: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturdays: May 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29 and June 1, 3, 5, 2019. Sturgeon angling, including catch and release, closes at 2:00 pm on each open day.

Species affected: White Sturgeon

Locations: The Columbia River from the mouth at Buoy 10 upstream to the Wauna powerlines, including Youngs Bay and all adjacent Washington tributaries.

Reason for action: The legal-size population is large enough to allow for a conservative retention fishery within the lower Columbia River.

Additional information: Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon will continue to be allowed on all non-retention days.

Daily white sturgeon limit: One fish

Annual white sturgeon limit: Two fish

Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited.

Information contact: Region 5 office; 360-696-6211

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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